Going to a Renaissance Festival - Help Me With My Costume Please!

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    Oct 21, 2014 9:20 PM GMT
    I've always laughed at people who go to these things but one of my best friends really wants to go and now we have a whole group of us going. My problem is, this thing is in Texas and the weather is going to be hot. We'll be camping there for two days and nights and I don't want to sweat my ass off in tights and long sleeve ruffled shirts the whole time. Preferably I'd prefer to not wear anything on my legs to stay cool. I've done Google Image searches but came up with nothing. Anyone have any ideas?
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    Oct 21, 2014 10:27 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI've always laughed at people who go to these things but one of my best friends really wants to go and now we have a whole group of us going. My problem is, this thing is in Texas and the weather is going to be hot. We'll be camping there for two days and nights and I don't want to sweat my ass off in tights and long sleeve ruffled shirts the whole time. Preferably I'd prefer to not wear anything on my legs to stay cool. I've done Google Image searches but came up with nothing. Anyone have any ideas?

    European men during the medieval & early Renaissance periods wore "tights" as we would call them today. They never went bare-legged, unless they were poor peasants. Loose trousers did not exist. Europe was colder than today, and experienced what is called the "Little Ice Age".

    So you gotta problem. What you might consider is being a jester, whose sleeves don't have to be so ruffled.

    Men's clothing style from that era, BTW, was based on wearing a suit of metal armor. Although only knights could wear armor, it set the fashion for all men.

    Hence the leg tights, and the heavily padded blouses, on which the heavy upper armor would rest comfortably. There was also a later fad to put slashes in the sleeves & tunic, which simulated sword strokes a man might have experienced. You see personages like Henry VIII wearing that.

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    Second BTW, in that portrait above, King Henry is wearing a codpiece. Sorta like a jock. It let a knight pee while wearing his armor. Plus the tights they wore didn't have zippers or buttoned flies, just an opening where your dick was. So it was covered with a strap-on cod.
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    Oct 21, 2014 10:34 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Scruffypup saidI've always laughed at people who go to these things but one of my best friends really wants to go and now we have a whole group of us going. My problem is, this thing is in Texas and the weather is going to be hot. We'll be camping there for two days and nights and I don't want to sweat my ass off in tights and long sleeve ruffled shirts the whole time. Preferably I'd prefer to not wear anything on my legs to stay cool. I've done Google Image searches but came up with nothing. Anyone have any ideas?

    European men during the medieval & early Renaissance periods wore "tights" as we would call them today. They never went bare-legged, unless they were poor peasants. Loose trousers did not exist. Europe was colder than today, and experienced what is called the "Little Ice Age".

    So you gotta problem. What you might consider is being a jester, whose sleeves don't have to be so ruffled.

    Men's clothing style from that era, BTW, was based on wearing a suit of metal armor. Although only knights could wear armor, it set the fashion for all men.

    Hence the leg tights, and the heavily padded blouses, on which the heavy upper armor would rest comfortably. There was also a later fad to put slashes in the sleeves & tunic, which simulated sword strokes a man might have experienced. You see personages like Henry VII wearing that.

    Henry-VIII-kingofengland_1491-1547.jpg


    King Henry VI used to wear a simple black gown and farmers boots lol in comparison to King Henry VIII above.
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    Oct 21, 2014 10:41 PM GMT
    Go as decapitated Marie Antoinette. No wig necessary and the dress will get you some air in all the right places
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    Oct 21, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    lad89 said
    King Henry VI used to wear a simple black gown and farmers boots lol in comparison to King Henry VIII above.

    Henry VI was many decades earlier, and styles change. Plus he was generally judged mentally incompetent. Causing his line to end.
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    Oct 21, 2014 11:09 PM GMT
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    lad89 said
    King Henry VI used to wear a simple black gown and farmers boots lol in comparison to King Henry VIII above.

    Henry VI was many decades earlier, and styles change. Plus he was generally judged mentally incompetent. Causing his line to end.
    Partially incorrect.
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    Oct 22, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    lad89 said
    Art_Deco said
    lad89 said
    King Henry VI used to wear a simple black gown and farmers boots lol in comparison to King Henry VIII above.

    Henry VI was many decades earlier, and styles change. Plus he was generally judged mentally incompetent. Causing his line to end.
    Partially incorrect.

    Please expound.
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    Oct 22, 2014 3:34 AM GMT
    Kilt??

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    woof

    and a puffy pirate shirt.
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    Oct 22, 2014 3:59 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidKilt??

    da

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    and a puffy pirate shirt.


    Yes but I don't think they wore kilts then did they?
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:02 AM GMT
    Whatever you decide, please post the pic of you in the costume. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:03 AM GMT
    polfsky saidWhatever you decide, please post the pic of you in the costume. icon_razz.gif


    I promise. Unless of course I go as a princess. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:15 AM GMT
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    Too much?
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:27 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said1402515921623563.jpg
    Too much?


    He looks kinda horny.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Oct 22, 2014 4:41 AM GMT
    I love love period wardrobes! I think Scruffypup will look great in them! something to consider! which reminds how my Mom used to make my siblings and I very elaborate period customs for Halloween back in the day!
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    Oct 22, 2014 9:39 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    lad89 said
    Art_Deco said
    lad89 said
    King Henry VI used to wear a simple black gown and farmers boots lol in comparison to King Henry VIII above.

    Henry VI was many decades earlier, and styles change. Plus he was generally judged mentally incompetent. Causing his line to end.
    Partially incorrect.

    Please expound.

    That would be highly inappropriate to yet again take a topic off purpose of it's initial focus by arguing the fact i will be correct icon_razz.gif

  • Oct 22, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI've always laughed at people who go to these things but one of my best friends really wants to go and now we have a whole group of us going. My problem is, this thing is in Texas and the weather is going to be hot. We'll be camping there for two days and nights and I don't want to sweat my ass off in tights and long sleeve ruffled shirts the whole time. Preferably I'd prefer to not wear anything on my legs to stay cool. I've done Google Image searches but came up with nothing. Anyone have any ideas?


    Get a kilt. And some lace up sandles and a gauze loose fitting shirt
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    Oct 22, 2014 3:51 PM GMT
    Just wear a loin cloth underneath. Loin cloths are timeless.
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    Oct 22, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
    lad89 said
    Art_Deco said
    lad89 said
    Art_Deco said
    lad89 said
    King Henry VI used to wear a simple black gown and farmers boots lol in comparison to King Henry VIII above.

    Henry VI was many decades earlier, and styles change. Plus he was generally judged mentally incompetent. Causing his line to end.
    Partially incorrect.

    Please expound.

    That would be highly inappropriate to yet again take a topic off purpose of it's initial focus by arguing the fact i will be correct icon_razz.gif

    You already took the topic off purpose when you referenced a medieval king, not someone from the Renaissance. And one whose attire was atypical even for that period.
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:30 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidI've always laughed at people who go to these things but one of my best friends really wants to go and now we have a whole group of us going. My problem is, this thing is in Texas and the weather is going to be hot. We'll be camping there for two days and nights and I don't want to sweat my ass off in tights and long sleeve ruffled shirts the whole time. Preferably I'd prefer to not wear anything on my legs to stay cool. I've done Google Image searches but came up with nothing. Anyone have any ideas?


    Get a kilt. And some lace up sandles and a gauze loose fitting shirt


    That would be perfect but I believe the Renaissance was restricted to Italy and I'm pretty sure they never wore kilts (or loin cloths.)
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    That would be perfect but I believe the Renaissance was restricted to Italy and I'm pretty sure they never wore kilts (or loin cloths.)

    The Renaissance existed throughout Europe, including England. But Scotland & Ireland were "late-bloomers" so to speak, with somewhat isolated cultures during that period, as was Russia.
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    Oct 22, 2014 4:51 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    polfsky saidWhatever you decide, please post the pic of you in the costume. icon_razz.gif


    I promise. Unless of course I go as a princess. icon_biggrin.gif

    You're a pretty princess every day of the week. The point of a costume is to do something different!!!
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    Oct 22, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Scruffypup said
    polfsky saidWhatever you decide, please post the pic of you in the costume. icon_razz.gif


    I promise. Unless of course I go as a princess. icon_biggrin.gif

    You're a pretty princess every day of the week. The point of a costume is to do something different!!!
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    I know. I just don't have a desire to dress in drag. Besides, that would also be a very hot costume. I'm considering not going at this point because I just can't come up with a costume I'd be comfortable in for two days.
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    Oct 22, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    well, Italy, Romeā€¦. Toga! if its wrong, tell them you were setting a new 'trend'! LOL.
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    Oct 23, 2014 12:41 AM GMT
    I do believe sailor pants are period to the Renaissance, (and can alternately double as Japanese Hakama, which are also period, if not geographically, accurate).

    You can find different styles across the internet and Amazon, but these pants breathe very well. (They also are easy to pull up in outhouses and the like, which believe me, is a godsend when others are having to navigate layers of garb.)
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    Oct 23, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
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    Someone suggested a Leine in a private message to me. Would something like this work? Simple but would be cool in that Texas heat.